For a few years now Tim and I have been praying about moving to Africa to be missionaries. In 2008, we went to Nairobi, Kenya to serve in the slums. (This blog is all about that if you would like to read more about that adventure.) We came home from that summer very unsure of what was next but knew Africa and more specifically Nairobi was on our hearts. We were able to lead a team from our church to Kenya in 2009. Since this time we have been unsettled and in July of this year we decided it was time for us to pursue moving to Kenya full-time to continue to serve the urban poor in the slums of Mathare Valley.
The process included and very in-depth application, psychological evaluation, and a physical. The next step was an assessment center which we just completed this weekend. Basically we were observed in a team setting to identify strengths and weaknesses we have and to determine our eligiblity for missionary service. We passed and have officially affiliated with Christian Missionary Fellowship International (www.cmfi.org). The next step is to attend a support raising training in January. Then we will begin the process of actually raising support to go to Kenya. We have no idea when we will leave as we have to have all our money raised in order to depart.
There are still many unknowns, but what we do know is that serving the poor in Nairobi is where we belong. Thanks to those of you who have prayed for an encouraged us over these past fews years.
If this makes no sense, I apologize. We just got home from a pretty intense weekend :) We will keep you all updated on whats going on, but please feel free to contact us or whatever if you have any questions or anything.
To say we are excited about this news in an understatement!